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Orthotics Versus Prosthetics

Some patients may not be fully familiar with the similarities and differences between orthotics and prosthetics. While both can be used to treat conditions of the feet, they are significantly different. Importantly, prosthetic devices in this context are mostly artificial legs. These devices can be used if an individual has lost a leg, perhaps by amputation. Orthotics, on the other hand, are either custom-made or over-the-counter shoe inserts that are designed to treat specific conditions of the feet. Therefore, both orthotics and prosthetics are significantly different medical devices. However, they are also similar in some respects. Namely, both orthotics and prosthetics can help individuals with serious health conditions to live lives that are better and less restrictive. It is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for more information about these devices.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Michigan Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Livonia, and Southfield, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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14555 Levan Road
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Livonia, MI 48154
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Southfield, MI 48034

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